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September 28, 2020

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have reportedly welcomed their first child, naming him River in a moving tribute to Phoenix's late brother.

Director Victor Kossakovsky, who worked with Phoenix on the documentary Gunda, recently revealed the news at the Zurich Film Festival, saying of the Joker star, "He just got a baby by the way," People reports. "A beautiful son called River."

Phoenix and Mara, who reportedly got engaged in 2019, have not confirmed the update. It was reported in May that they were expecting their first child together.

Phoenix's brother, River Phoenix, died at 23 of a drug overdose. When Phoenix took home the Academy Award for Best Actor earlier this year for his performance in Joker, he honored his late brother by quoting one of his lyrics in an emotional speech.

"When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric," Phoenix said. "He said, 'run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow.'"

At the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Tribute Gala, Phoenix also recalled his late brother showing him Raging Bull when he was a teenager and telling him, "You're going to start acting again, this is what you're going to do," reports Variety.

"He didn't ask me, he told me," Phoenix continued. "And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life." Brendan Morrow

February 15, 2017

Move over, Molly, and step aside, Samantha — there's a new American Girl doll, and his name is Logan.

The company will release Logan Everett, its first boy character, on Thursday, with the doll and his accompanying book costing $115. He lives in Nashville, plays the drums in a band with his friend Tenney Grant (a blond, brown-eyed doll), and comes with his own set. "We do an enormous amount of research with girls and their parents, and the one thing we've heard loud and clear is a desire for more — specifically more characters and stories from today," spokeswoman Julie Parks told CBS News. The company will also introduce two other new characters on Thursday: Korean-American Z Yang and Nanea from Hawaii. Catherine Garcia

January 3, 2017

On Tuesday, Janet Jackson, 50, gave birth to her first child, son Eissa Al Mana.

"Janet Jackson and her husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world," a representative for Jackson told People. "Janet had a stress-free, healthy delivery, and is resting comfortably." Jackson, 50, and Al Mana, a Qatari businessman, married in 2012. In April 2016, she postponed her world tour, telling fans it was because "my husband and I are planning our family," and the news broke a month later that she was expecting a baby. Catherine Garcia

March 27, 2016

Ivanka Trump welcomed her third child on Sunday, a boy named Theodore James.

Trump, 34, and her husband of seven years, Jared Kushner, are already parents to Arabella, 4, and Joseph, 2. Trump, who announced Theodore's birth on Twitter, campaigned for her father, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, throughout her pregnancy. Over the last month, Donald Trump often mentioned his daughter during speeches, saying she was staying off the campaign trail because of the closeness of her due date. Catherine Garcia

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